We still can’t believe Christmas is next week, so we’re chugging along with this extended edition of Grub Guide. Read ahead for our round-up of tasty, cheap and holiday-themed tastes to get you through these last days of 2018. In the meantime, we’ll be researching New Year’s Eve options for you.
Why Yes, There Is Another Miracle Pop-Up in OC – Anaheim
Turns out Huntington isn’t the only city with a holiday Miracle. Pop into our favorite speakeasy for classic Christmas cool with your delightful beverage. Extended daytime hours mean no need to stress about these normally tough reservations. And service by the crew that swept this year’s Golden Foodie Awards in their category means one dazzling time had by all. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Ste. 104; www.theblindrabbit.com.
Meiji Salmon Fair Ends Saturday – Lake Forest
If you like a seafood deal, here’s one for your wallet. All of Meiji’s salmon bowls will be half-off through this Saturday; plus only $3.25 as an add-on to any noodle order. That means their classic salmon bowl is priced at $3.50, seared salmon with truffle oil also for $3.50, salmon with ikura (roe) is $4, and salmon bowl with scallop for $5. Just want salmon sushi? A trio goes for only $5 with any noodle order. Eat up, and use the money saved for that gift you forgot to buy. 22611 Lake Forest Dr., Ste. C6, (949) 652-5188.
Milk Box Seasonal Specials – Tustin
Any day is a good day for boba milk tea. So when there are seasonal specials, that’s double the reason to swing by Milk Box. Check out the trio now being served: Eggnog Chai, Candy Cane Cream and Butterscotch! Three very different flavors to satisfy many tastes. Stop by for a taste before it’s too late. 2493 Park Ave., Ste. 42, (714) 389-9661; www.milkboxbar.com.
Coming Soon: Cultivation Kitchen – Anaheim
The Packing District gives a warm welcome to its newest tenant, as this greenhouse eatery is scheduled to open in the next few months between 18 Folds and Umami Burger along the area known as Farmers Park. Cooking with avocado oil and offering not only vegetarian options, but vegan and gluten-free items for all three meals of the day will attract a diverse crowd. Cultivation Kitchen is the fast casual spot is where you’ll be committing to your New Year’s resolution. 350 S. Anaheim Blvd., www.cultivationkitchen.com.
Shout Out: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
We spent our weekend driving down to San Diego for a little winter fun. Hilton by the convention center is showcasing their outdoor attraction, Holiday by the Bay. Speedy ice slides, deep fried Oreos, gingerbread cookie decorating, and booze await. Be sure to bundle up, though. It can get mighty chilly later in the evening. General information and a link to FAQs can be found on their hotel site. 1 Park Blvd., (619) 564-3333; www3.hilton.com.
Link to Our Recent Interview (Shameless Plug)
If you missed my live chat with Andy Harris from Angel Stadium over the weekend, it’s all good. I just received the podcast for sharing. If you’d like to learn more about the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, check out the link. I’ll definitely be back someday. And be sure to tune in every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon on AM 830 for all the current restaurant industry news in Southern California. www.socalrestaurantshow.com
Pickled Monk Announces Weekend Brunch Kick-off – Fullerton
First reported by us while strolling through DTF, the new gastropub off Harbor will be launching weekend brunch service at the beginning of the year. Think avocado toast, Bloody Marys and nicely fried beignets in addition to the extensive brew list that’s set on a self-pour system via card readers. Pickled Monk’s open and airy space means easy group dining and modern features such as pagers that’ll help servers locate your exact table without the use of traditional numbered signage. Hey, whatever gets us eating or drinking sooner is fine by us. 101 N. Harbor Blvd, Ste 100, (714) 793-9100; www.pickledmonk.com.
Wetzel’s Pretzels Reopens at Downtown Disney – Anaheim
What happens when you invest a million (you read that right) dollars into a storefront renovation? Visit the newly reopened branch of Wetzel’s in Anaheim to find out. A gorgeous, commissioned mural; ornate, pretzel-shaped door handles; and hand-crafted floors mean this particular location is a shining star in the successful brand. And those cheezy pretzel dog bites with some jalapeno dip are as tasty as ever. 1540 S. Disneyland Dr., Ste. 103, (714) 535-5994; www.wetzels.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.